A hospital has come under fire after allowing a pregnant woman’s dog to watch her give birth. The family pet - called Barney - was allowed into the delivery room at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol as a calming presence.
The pregnant woman, who had no underlying medical conditions, asked for the animal to help with the birth.
Barney - believed to be a labrador - stayed for the birth along with the woman’s partner and a midwife before the family left with their newborn child.
Hospital bosses informed all staff about the decision in advance, and said the unusual step was taken as Barney is a working "therapy dog" who regularly visits patients on wards.
But there was some concern from staff about hygiene. One said: "Like it or not, dogs are dirty animals."
More top news
A devastating fire broke out yesterday afternoon at a popular pub in Cornwall. The Finnygook Inn is closed until further notice.
The latest forecast for Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire with Kate.
The latest forecast for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset with Kate.